BikeHood, April and May

BikeHood is not just about getting your bike repaired, but learning how to look after it yourself. It’s been going from strength to strength, and we’re on hand to teach and help you get your bike up and running. Even the most complex bits of bicycles aren’t so scary when you’ve got them apart and know how to put them back together.

As well as work stands and a large selection of bike tools, we have resident experts ready to help you fix your bike and get it back on the road (or the trails). Whether you’re a complete beginner or an old hand, you’ll find a friendly group of mechanics and cyclists with a well equipped workshop. Though future events will be ticketed, all we’re asking for now is a voluntary donation to the Hackspace in return for us helping you to fix your bike.

(Creative Commons photo by A Long, Lone Run)

Events General

Global Game Jam 2012

The Hackspace recently acted as a Global Gamejam 2012 venue, with about 25 people descending on the space for the weekend to make games.

In case you don’t know much about the making games, modern console games take between eighteen and twenty-four months to create. The challenge of the Global Game Jam is that these teams had just two days to make something, so… a pretty tight deadline! We had seven teams compete in all, including local companies IndieSkies and Nerf Games.

As well as myself (David H), hackspace members Andrew Armstong and Andy Thorpe helped to make sure everything ran smoothly. While the teams cracked on with their projects, we also played quite a bit of Johann Sebastian Joust. Below are shots and a video from a couple of the projects.


BikeHood: Bike maintenance workshop at the Hackspace

Criitcal Mass, Vancouver

Among the facilities we’ve been building at the new Hackpsace are cycle parking and repair. We’ll be using them this Saturday to host BikeHood (Web, Facebook) and run a bike maintenance workshop. It takes place from 12:00 – 15:00, Saturday the 17th of September.

Everyone from beginners to experienced mechanics are welcome, and you don’t even need to have a bike to learn the basics of how to look after one. If you bring your bike down, we’ll be happy to help you diagnose any problems and fix it if possible. If you don’t have a bike or leave it at home, we can still show you the rudiments of maintaining one. In terms of tools, we have pretty much everything except a wheel truing stand.

It’s open to members and non-members alike. It’s more of a surgery than a workshop, in that we’ll deal with each bike on a case by case basis. Because of that, rather than have a fixed workshop price like most events, all we ask is that if you learn or fix something you make a small donation to the hackspace.

Again, that’s from 12:00 – 15:00, Saturday the 17th of September. Come down and we’ll teach you about bikes.

(CC image by drpritch)

General Hackspace Equipment

Folksy Rulers

Folksy Rulers

One of the things I’m always looking for at the hackspace is a ruler, and we’ve definitely been short of them. I had a word with the people at Folksy, and they sent us a bunch of lovely metal edged wooden ones. Thanks!

Folksy is a UK based marketplace for crafters to sell their stuff; you can find out a bit more about them here. They’re based in Sheffield, they’re an all round nice bunch of people, and they really believe in handmade stuff. It’s not just a listings site with a craft aesthetic; it’s designed from the ground up for crafters, artists and designers.

Events Hackspace as venue

Open Day Photos

Sunday was marvellous! Our thanks to everyone that came. There’s a photoset of the whole day up here on Flickr.

Nottinghack badge by Beta Layout.

As well as the facilities of Nottingham Hackspace being on show, we also had members demonstrating various projects, including Matt Little’s pedal powered smoothie maker, a soldering table where you could both learn to solder and make kits, Matt Lloyd’s RepRap 3D printer, Jake Howe’s various noisemakers and props, demonstrations of lockpicking and chainmail weaving, and a whole load more. See them all in the flickr set.

We’d especially like to thank Beta Layout for producing the Nottinghack badge we used for teaching people to solder, and the members of Northackton and Leeds hackspaces who brought and set up other projects. Inlcuded in those were Leeds’ remote controlled robots to play tag with via webcam, and Martin from Northackton demonstrating how to make props and chainmail, with some fantastic pieces of his own including a 30,000 ring chainmail shirt.

If you missed it, don’t worry, we’re sure to be doing this again in the coming year.

Hackspace Equipment Lasers


I finally got around to hacking all of the laser parts off the laser scissors we used for Tea & Lasers at GameCity last year. Having a bandsaw makes it a lot easier, and we now have a lot of spare pairs of scissors.

A part of this was also testing the red laser diodes that came out of them. We now have a set of very bright ones ready to go into the next version, and will be building it over the next few months. There are a lot of ways we could improve on the last iteration, one being sensors and beams that are easier to position. I’ll make sure to put what we build up on instructables.

In the meantime, anyone want any scissors?


Maker Faire UK 2011 Day 1

It’s the end of day one in Newcastle, and we’re in the pub with guys from hackspaces in Northhampton, London, Leeds and Dublin.

Its been a fantastic day walking around the Maker Faire, meeting people from all the other UK Hackerspaces and of course all the other makers.

Arriving at the Life centre via the makers entrance, we were shown upstairs to the Hackerspace area, where the London Hackspace people were all ready encamped and busy hacking away.

The stands were all very diverse, and among many other things included Make offering flashing LED badge kits next to a space where people could learn to solder, motorised mountain bikes, musical tesla coils, giant etch-a-sketches, glowing couture, papercraft gear hearts, fundraising charity Daleks, and tuition in constructing “survival cups”; simple bits of polystyrene that can show you north and south, day or night. Northackton covered their stand with an enormous three dimensional cardboard spider.

Some of the stands were held by commercial companies, some by hackspaces, and some people there simply had projects they wanted to show off and gauge interest on

We’ve hardly had time to look at everything there, and are going back tomorrow. Pictures and videos to come.

Check Out this awesome video of ArcAttack